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Forgot New Year’s? Today is the day to quit

By Helen Boerner/Director of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Itawamba and Monroe counties. Every January 1, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. Although New Year’s has come and gone, it’s not too late to quit smoking. Why not get started today? According to the CDC, nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. […]

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Legislative update: Jan. 28, 2015

Monday, Jan. 19, marked the deadline for the “introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments.” This week and next week, we focus our attention on meeting the Feb. 4 deadline to report bills out of committee. Committee members discuss the bills and decide to either pass them to the House floor or to oppose them, […]

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Hacking through life in a sea of watered down domestic lessons

A door prize purchase giveth and a hot iron to nylon taketh away. A gaping hole in a brand new shirt recently put a dark cloud over a Sunday designated for house chores. On the flipside, that hole helped a light of another life lesson learned shine unfiltered. Life hacks. If you’re not familiar with […]

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Getting newspapers into the hands of students through NIE

As someone who grew up reading newspapers, I simply cannot imagine not having a newspaper in the home. We got the Birmingham News, which was delivered in the afternoon and also the Tupelo Daily Journal that came by mail in the morning. The Monroe Journal places more than 950 papers in eight schools in Monroe […]

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The big scary world lurking outside of those four wallswalls

As simple as brick and mortar seem, there’s so much more to what four walls can do. If you’ve seen any of those survival challenge shows on the National Geographic channel, the warmth, shelter and security of what’s within four walls probably pops in your mind as a blessing. For the contestants eagerly braving the […]

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We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go

Two of the most, if not the two most, quotable speeches in American history – Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream…” – are both based on racial equality and measure time in scores, or 20 years at a time. Snippets of those speeches, like the Pledge of […]

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We can’t be silenced but can we be united?

Parisians with pens in their hands shouted out a message that the pen is mightier than the sword in the wake of last week’s tragedy at satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. A couple of days after “France’s 9-11,” which kept the country on edge for three days and took the lives of 17 people, an […]

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Public schools require funds mandated in existing law

The Mississippi Legislature has failed abysmally in funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Fully funding the formula has happened just twice since its inception in 1997 and implementation in 2002. The Legislature’s political posturing has contravened the mandate to ensure that every Mississippi school has the minimum money necessary to perform at an adequate level. […]

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Bipartisan accomplishments in lead to new Congress

The 113th Congress ended the year and its term with a couple of important victories, many of which were long overdue. The “National Defense Authorization Act,” for example, provides an outline of America’s military priorities and national security interests. Its recent passage marked 53 consecutive years of bipartisan cooperation on America’s major defense policy. Like […]

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